Monday, November 05, 2007

A funny thing happened on the way to Texas

I stopped at Camping World in Fairfield, CA on the way to the RVing Women National Convention in Lodi on October 8. While I was in the store, a gentleman came to the service counter and asked Jarrod, a service writer, about solar panels. He was a new RVer with a travel trailer. I answered his questions and after Jarrod overheard me, he said, "You have GOT to work here!" Right.

He asked me to wait, went to the back office, came out with a job application and wouldn't let me leave until I filled it out. I did and spoke briefly with Tim, the service manager. I told him I was on my way to Lodi and then to Texas after the convention ended on the 14th. He set up an interview at 10 am on the 15th.

Well, one thing led to another, and I'm now a product specialist at Camping World working four days a week. That means I have a nice hourly salary; medical, dental and vision insurance; 401K; cool shirts to wear and--ta da!--an employee discount. A full-time RVer with an employee discount at Camping World. This is better than choosing from the Sears catalog at Christmas. And since I work next to the guys who are actually doing the repair and maintenance work on RVs, they can pimp my ride for me.

I postponed my trip to Texas and will be working here to replenish the savings I used to travel. Next year when I head to the Life on Wheels in Tucson to teach classes (which Camping World sponsors), I will have even more insight to share with everyone.

Any of my readers in the area are welcome to visit the store, of course, and I'll be happy to help.


  1. Wow! Now that's exciting...congratulations. I expect this will give you an IN to other Camping World stores as you travel. :-)

  2. This is a great story! Congratulations.

    Once we get our RV, hopefully in summer, Camping World should become our best friend.

  3. you go girl,

    I know you had it in you

  4. Hi, Adrienne! Congratulations! Are you coming to the Tucson Life on Wheels next year for sure? I'd love to meet you, so I will be very disappointed if I don't get to attend. I attended in 2007, and was overwhelmed with all the sound info I received and the wonderful people I met. RVers are a great bunch.

  5. Yes, I plan to be in Tucson and have already asked for the time off. LOW is asking me to teach at all locations but that will be difficult. I'm hoping to be in Moscow too.